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to hear before turning in your taxes. and.... the company that orchestrated the most famous re-tweet ever... first business starts now! you're watching first business: financial news, analysis, and today's investment ideas. good morning! it's wednesday, march 5th i'm angela miles. in today's first look: the s&p rises to a new record high as the standoff between russia and the ukraine becomes "less tense". it's the 49th record set by the index. the dow- also had a positive reaction jumping 228 points, the nasdaq 75 and the s&p 28 gold scaled back $15 dollars and oil.. $1.63. caterpillar's ceo says he is guardedly optimistic about the global economy...which added into the buying blitz on wall street. and the power of the plug. yesterday we told you about the fuel cell stock plug power that surged 24% monday well on tuesdays it rallied 15% more.. trader daniel stecich of athena advisor services joins us now. there was a collective sigh of relief in the market yesterday but will that continue? >>i think it will. you have to put what happened in russia behind us and if you look at what happe
chairman steve forbes and roy hewitt will go on the tax reform plan. >>> and mayor bill de blasio acting like a sandanista. shutting the door on three charter schools and hundreds of kids in new york city. american parents see charter schools as the only way out of poverty for their kids and mostly minority kids at that. we will have the latest on that. meanwhile don't forget free market capitalism is the best path to prosperity. economic freedom and democracy may be at stake in the ukraine. that's why it's important. i'm kudlow and we'll be right back. vo: once upon a time there was a boy who traveled to a faraway place where villages floated on water and castles were houses dragons lurked, giants stood tall, and the good queen showed the boy it could all be real. avo: whatever you can imagine, all in one place. expedia, find yours. anbe a name and not a number?tor scottrade. ron: i'm never alone with scottrade. i can always call or stop by my local office. they're nearby and ready to help. so when i have questions, i can talk to someone who knows exactly how i trade. because i don't tr
for business and capitalism. we'll have a live update in just a few minutes. >>> also supply side tax reform is back. dave camp is going to unveil his new plan tomorrow morning. we'll join us on the "kudlow report" in the evening. we will preview the story tonight. >>> we have the fcc commissioner who blew the whistle on the government's attempt to dictate and bias news stories. now we learn that this government assault may not be over. all those stories and much more coming up on the "kudlow report" beginning right now. >> good evening, everyone. i'm larry kudlow. this is the "kudlow report." we're live at 7:00 p.m. eastern and 4:00 p.m. on the west coast. our top story tonight, will arizona governor jan brewer veto a gay discrimination bill passed by the state legislature. nbc news joins us with the details. good evening. >> reporter: of course the poe opponents call it a religious freedom bill. in any event, governor brewer who is on the spot on this has just returned to arizona after attending a three-day governor's conference in washington. she'll know that the momentum toward a veto ha
a huge change to tax cuts. what are they planning? >> this would collapse seven brackets into two brackets for essentially all taxable income, ensuring 99% of taxpayers face maximum rates of 25% or less. specifically, this is how he will do it. theof americans would be in 25% tax bracket. those who are above that would be hit with an additional rates. this would make filing a lot more >>, because instead of seven tax brackets we would be down to two, or i guess at least three. you would have that additional 10% tax for those making over 100 $50,000. moreover, it would end the unequal treatment for the carried interest private equity managers pay themselves. does this plan have legs? we are joined by the american action forum director of fiscal -- gordon, i will start with you. is there a chance we could see something like this get through congress? be great. that would there is a lot of debate out there about how big an effect tax reform could have on it, but i think there is a broad consensus that in general it is universally positive. if you ask anybody out there, should we do s
with phil mattingly. he has details on the senate cost offshore tax evasion hearing. what was the primary defense today? >> he was more than willing to acknowledge that a small number of credit suisse bankers went above and beyond to help u.s. citizens of the taxes. senior management was deeply regretful for those actions. they said that they were on a pathway to reforming themselves. they work to try to change that. that was not enough for the senate chairman. take a listen. >> you do not want to be in the purely business that dirty business of helping u.s. clients she on her taxes. it is important if you are really going to the a reform bank that you have got to acknowledge what is clear in our report, the wrongdoing went beyond these mulgrew of rogue bankers. iswhat you see right there the senator nailing the biggest difference. claims that this was just a small number of bankers who were involved. in a report released by the committee, it is a very large number of bankers, as many as 1800, may have been involved. that was not results yet. hear frommittee will top justice department of
and railroads and mass transit. it provides more money for job training and preschool and it expands tax credits for an estimated 13.5 million low-income workers and it increases taxes more than $650 billion on higher-income americans and it adds $56 billion in fees for big banks. there are also tax increases for tobacco products and airline passengers. the president's plan in print form arrived up on capitol hill this morning -- this morning. congress prefers to do the budgeting itself, so it's not like whatever the president sent would be accepted but it can be seen as a starting point in the debate over the nation's spending priorities, yet rather than a lot of new ideas in these budget books, critics suggest it's more of the same. the republicans say the president's 2015 budget spends, borrows, and taxes too much, neil? >> michael, thank you. it is ironic right now that all of this is going down on fat tuesday, good reason to party in new orleans, maybe, but minnesota republican congresswoman michele bachmann says no reason to celebrate in washington, so congressman, the bottom line is the p
interviewed dave camp. they will discuss, among other things, his new tax plan, and we will hear about it. stay with us here on "street smart." ♪ >> if you missed everything that happened during today's session, do not worry, in 45 seconds we will get you caught up on the only stocks you need to know about today. surging 25%cpenney after forecasting an increase in revenue. same-store sales will increase mid-singlets -- by digit percentage and gross margin will significantly improve this year. >> number nine, rbs shares down six percent as they report the biggest full-year loss since the bailout in 2008. the new ceo is trying to revive earnings by combining units, shrinking the investment bank and cutting jobs. likes number eight, blackstone. agreeing to buy 25% of gianni first half cheaper $287 million. this marks the end of a lengthy search for for saatchi family owners to find an investor. versace. motors.r six, general seven, general motors. up twober six kohl's, percent. toer jaffray continues recommend the shares and notes that the company management indicating on the inter--- earn
. >>> u.s. senate panel investigating tax evasion has accused credit suisse of using cloak and dagger tactics that belong in a spy novel. it alleges c.s. bankers made 150 trips to the u.s. between 2002 and 2000208 orchestrate a large scale tax evasion scheme. some of the things credit suisse is accused of operating remote controlled lifts, and bankers accused of filing false visa applications pretending they were tourists and advising clients how to dodge u.s. tax laws. the senate hearing kicks off late today, shares trading at the bottom, just down just over 3% in trading today. >>> the firm came out to say it considers its insurance policies for wealthy u.s. citizens to be tax compliant. credit suisse has been preparing for investigations into its products known as insurance wrapper wrappers. the long arm of the u.s. treasury, by the way good morning, everybody. you didn't say good morning. >> good morning, sorry, good morning. >> good evening if you're watching in sipping apore as well. good e-mails coming out of credit suisse or conversations out of the investigation? >> it's a li
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. the majority of the accounts weren't reported for tax purposes to the irs. and the fed wants more information from troubled bitcoin exchange mt. gox, the "wall street journal" saying mt. gox received a subpoena from federal prosecutors in new york last month to preserve certain documents once the world's biggest bitcoin exchange mt. dpox has gone offline. the business is at a turning point, there's a lot of worry the entire business may be bankrupt and gone forever. the controversy surrounding mt. gox putting a lot of pressure on bitcoin prices, $597.75 is where things are trading now. that was a stock, almost like a stock, it's not a real currency sorry to say, joe. >> now you tell us. >> now. >> now you tell us. >> i am not a bitcoin fan. i believe electronic currency of some sort may flourish in some way. i don't know if bitcoin is the way. >> i thought you were a bitcoin advocate. if now your' saying -- >> i'm fascinated by the conversation around bitcoin. >> you know i'm needling you because you have talked about it a lot. i hope no one mistook what you were saying for like an endorsemen
look to need to move to florida? we like the fact there is no income tax, better weather, close to latin america. melissa: speaking my language. i singing my song, speaking my language. i would love that. we would move to florida in a heart beat. you're doing incredible things in your state that would make other states very envious. looking amazon moving to tampa, bringing more than 1,000 jobs with it. 300 million in capital. time warner moving to tampa, with 500 new jobs. 500 million in capital investment. what did you have to offer them to get that done? >> we're a great state. no income tax and we're a right-to-work state. gateway to latin america. we have five million multilingual speakers. brand new university doing science technology, engineering and math. we're talking to companies every day and they are clearly moving. people are moving here but companies are expanding. yesterday i was with a technology company that is adding over 100 jobs just in technology. but even the non-technology companies are moving here because of our technology. hertz, 700 jobs. average income,
as well as tax increase, republicans wanting lower taxes and less of that spending. they will fight it out in the midterm elections and then we may return to budget talks and some sort of accommodation in 2015. >> john, how real is the return of the conversation about tax and interest? i say it in part because it's in some of these bills, but also because the front page of the "wall street journal," see this right here, blowout call for big tycoons that talked about the payout for people like leon black, $560 million with his income, 465 for steven schwartzman and others. i do know it's been put back in some of the bills, but this has been a policy debate we've been talking about for about five years now. >> there's a lot of momentum behind this issue. i would not expect it to pass this year. one of the things that adds to its momentum in terms of the long-term, which we really get to a tax reform discussion which is not going to be this year, is that dave camp, the republican chairman of the ways and means committee, included this interest in his tax reform bill. the administration will h
in crimea and eastern ukraine. president obama rolled out his big tax and spend budget today. it's precisely what the economy doesn't need. former senator jim demint is going to join us and talk about the budget and give us his response to the new piece in this left leaning politico article that asks if mr. demint is the most hated man in washington. of course he isn't. don't forget, free market capitalism is the best path to prosperity. we need a little bit in the ukraine. i'm kudlow and i'll be right back. in a world that's changing faster than ever, we believe outshining the competition tomorrow quires challenging your business inside and out today. at cognizant, we help forward-looking companies run better and run different - to give your customers every reason to keep looking for you. so if you're ready to see opportunities and see them through, we say: let's get to work. because the future belongs to those who challenge the present. >>> secretary of state john kerry promised $1 billion in sanctions to the fledge lg government. are we going to let stand the russian army invasion and the
: the obama administration is rolling out its 2015 budget and singing the familiar tune. can use a tax hikes? cheryl: oil prices reversing course, down 4% after closing at the highest level in five months yesterday. commodity analyst matt smith and phil flynn saying get used to this volatility. the energy burrito and the mighty fallen coming up next. when does your work en does it end after you've expanded your business? after your company's gone public? and the capital's been invested? or wn your compan's bought another? is it over after you' given back? you never stop achieving. that's why, at barclays, our ambition is to always realize yours. coach calls her a team player. she's kind of special. she makes the whole team better. he's the kind of player that puts the puck, horsehide, bullet. right where it needs to be. coach calls it logistics. he's a great passer. dependable. a winning team has to have one. somebody you can count on. somebody like my dad. this is my dad. somebody like my mom. my grandfather. i'm very pround of him. her. them. cheryl: reversal of fortune in the energy it,
obama unveils his $4 trillion budget. what's his plan for spending and new tax in the coming year? >>> tough turn around. the radio shack will close over 1,000 stores as it tries to stem a sharp slide in sales. can the troubled neighborhood electronics retailer reverse the trend in this ultracompetitive environment? all that and more tonight on "nightly business report" for tuesday, march 4th. >>> good evening, everyone. russia retreats and wall street gets a massive relief rally. investors bought up stocks after russian president putin pulled troops back from the border of ukraine, allaying worries about an imminent military showdown. the major averages surged 1.5% or more, posting their biggest gains so far this year. even setting a new record close for the s&p 500. now those sky-high gains wiped out all of yesterday's losses and even russia's stock market which lost 12% on monday rose more than 6% today. here's a look at the closing numbers. 9 dow soared 227 points, the nasdaq ended at a fresh 14-year high adding almost 75 points and the s & p jumped 28 points to 1873. that's a
calls for increased spending on education. it extend tax kits to lower-income americans including expanding the earned income tax credit. house speaker john boehner is the one who called it irresponsible. remember, there whats not been a budget passed by congress since 2009. >>> president obama heads to connecticut with his push to raise the minimum wage with central connecticut state university he'll be joined by four governors all in favor of increasing the minimum wage. >> if you like your health plan, you may be able to keep it a little longer. "the washington post" says the obama administration is rewriting affordable care act rules again to let americans keep their plans for up to three more years, even if those plans no longer comply with the law. last fall, the white house gave option of letting policy still be sold in the short term even if they were technically illegal. >>> happening today, the house is set to vote for the 50th time on a modification to obamacare. this would be push back the original mandate for one year and making that penalty zero. this is the first su
has sold assets, cut its tax rates, $20 per is aiming for share adjusted earnings up from $11.67 in 2010. saw the bays is the proud new owner of the pink star diamond. caret cut stone. the buyer defaulted. 8.3 alieneen a record dollars -- $8.3 million. there's a storm that will move across the country this week and could dump snow from kansas city to boston. it will make for a messy monday morning commute. storm has a silver lining. it is currently bringing much-needed rain to drought stricken california. isare minutes away from what forecasted to be a notable revision, lower, to fourth-quarter gdp. what will that tell the fed? was with one of the that president this morning. what is his thought on what gdp will look like? >> he mentioned the fact that we have this storm coming because that's a big issue. how much has the weather distorted the economy? we saw it in the fourth quarter a little this. how much can you take away from that? we asked charlie loss or about that. p --losser about that. you are continuing to taper if you don't know if the economy is weak because of th
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. thinking up game-changing ideas, like this: dozens of tax free zones across new york state. move here.xpand here. or start a new business here... and pay no tax for 10 years. with new jobs, new opportunities and a new tax free plan. there's only one way for your business to go. up. find out if your business can qualify at start-upny.com coach calls her a team player. she's kind of special. she makes the whole team better. he's the kind of player that puts the puck, horsehide, bullet. right where it needs to be. coach calls it logistics. he's a great passer. dependable. a winning team has to have one. somebody you can count on. somebody like my dad. this is my dad. somebody like my mom. my grandfather. i'm very pround of him. her. them. lou: a powerful winter storm, shutting down washington dc along the eastern seaboard. the snowplows are doing their jobs. nevada had to be a thrill and according to one data company, but daiquiri number almost $6 billion because of the added expense and missed work days. joining us now is the "a-team." fred barnes, both a fox news contributor and lt's
budget. he's trying again today. we'll take a look to see who would be paying more in taxes if he gets his way this time. >>> renowned bond fund pimco has been in the headlines lately with its headline grabbing management changes. we're going to talk with its new deputy chief investment officer about what is ahead for pimco and what was her reaction to that "wall street journal" article saying that bill gross made pimco a tough place to work for. we'll find out coming up. >>> and he's just days removed from serving as the ambassador to russia. michael mcfaul has gone eye all to eyeball with vlad peimir put. did putin just blink or did he wink? (music) defiance is in our bones. defiance never grows old. citracal maximum. calcium citrate plus d. highly soluble, easily absorbed. [ banker ] sydney needed some financial guidance so she could take her dream to the next level. so we talked about her options. her valuable assets were staying. and selling her car wouldn't fly. we helped sydney manage her debt and prioritize her goals, so she could really turn up the volume on her dreams today..
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-changing ideas, like this: dozens of tax free zones across new yk state. move here. expand here. or start a new business here... and pay no tax for 10 years. with new jobs, new opportunities and a new tax free plan. there's only one way for your business to go. up. find out if your businessy can qualify at start-upny.com coach calls r a team player. she's kind of special. she makes the whole team better. he's the kind of player that puts the puck, horsehide, bullet. right where it needs to be. coach calls it logistics. he's a great passer. dependable. a winning team has to have one. somebody you can count on. somebody like my dad. this is my dad. somebody like my mom. my grandfather. i'm very pround of him. her. them. melissa: okay. so it is last trading day of the month. i want to show you the stock that moved most this month. it is up 50% in the month of february. this is for evident labs. this is on the back of that $25 billion deal with actavis. forrest labs giving a little back but biggest mover for the month. >>> to illinois where one state law maker is taking on google finding himself i
in tax revenue to the state. what do you say? legalize week nationwide for recreational use? yes or no? >> i would say no. there is a desire on the part of government illegalize it and anything compact and bring in some cash. stuart: $100 million. >> i would say no. it gives us amen, the availability for a -- particularly in colorado here in the placement of machines so government money can be used easily to buy marijuana in certain situations as we saw recently. that makes it easier. there's a transfer. if it were ten miles away. probably still happen. in terms of legalization i think not until we understand how to actually test it. we have seen accidents with vehicles involving marijuana up 300% in the last decade. i need to be convincee that that would be a great idea for the future and the children. stuart: it was great to have you on the show. ou have an opinion and express it well. thank you for appearing with us. >> an honor to be with you. you might pop in here again this week. stuart: don't make projections you are not able to fulfil. time is money. let's move this along. thre
're hoping for 3% gdp growth this year. and any big spike in oil makes you think that's a tax on consumers and it's harder to get. the ten-year is helping, though. in terms of keeping the housing markets going below 2.7%. the euro stayed remarkably strong for europe. basically being on the front line for this situation here. we will, after hitting some new lows, stabilize. and then finally, fwoeld, i think, traded lower yesterday after having really a great quarter, at least two months. so it's down about $4 today at 1334. and china's leaders reaffirmed the growth target of 7.5% but signaled some concerns about reaching that target. eunice yoon joins us now. we're in a great big city this morning, eunice, tossing to you over there. we're feeling very -- i don't know. we're going to change the world. >> you are. i think that's how people here feel, as well. there were thousands of lawmakers that were gathering together in beijing to heir china's version of the state of the union. this is presented by the premier of the country and it's really the first time that investors got a chance to se
is pushing to revamp the tax code. his plan would eliminate dozens of rates. >> i am not going to accept 2% growth as the new normal. i'm not going to accept a minimum wage economy and the fact we are not creating jobs. kids are living at home because they cannot get out on their own. we need to grow this economy and create jobs. one way is through progress tax reform. heat has taken a lot of for this proposal. the banks are fighting against the plan new tax on banks which is intended to offer it -- offset lower rates for individuals. >> i think it affects about six banks. look. they are going from a 35% rate to a 25% rate. in the financial sector, there are not a lot of provisions, loopholes to close because there are not many. they are getting a two minutes tax break. i think it is important there be a trade-off. >> new taxes are going to make it tough for camp to gain support from fellow republicans. the plan is nowhere near firstng law, but is the major reconstruction attempt since 1986. let's move on to the executive branch. president thursday launching a new initiative to provide gre
for expansion of tax credits for the middle class and working poor which the white house says is part of his state of the union pledge to boost economic opportunity for all americans. michelle joins us now from the white house. michelle, how do you think this plays out politically considering how gridlocked things are in washington right now? >> reporter: does this have a chance of passing, you're asking? in a word, and you may already know the answer, no. in presenting this budget proposal, president barack obama wants to address the most difficult issues americans face making living and paying for cost of living. working poor, working minimum wage and working full time. they don't have the tax credits workers with children do. obama wants to expand to workers without children, younger workers. this budget contains $60,000 billion worth. obama wants to help obama pay for child care, tax credits for people with young children, pay for education and save for retireme retirement. republicans have problems with it in specifics like closing tax loop hohole loopholes. some say this does nothing t
taxes. it involves panty hose, all sorts of things, including even secret elevators. we will talk about that. >>> plus a physical attack on the wealthy. one affluent town in california has been hit hard. speaking of wealth, the wealthiest neighborhood in the u.s. not by zip code or by county. we will go street by street. tyler is out today. simon is at the nyse and we will get downtown in just a second. first, that big news on housing. diana olick is in the house and she has been talking to the biggest name in the business, ivy zelman. >> the noted analyst famous for calling the top and bottom of the latest housing cycle, last spring she said here on cnbc that we were in housing nirvana. by fall she revised her outlooks down. today she explained why. >> i think nirvana took a pause, during that time house prices -- home prices were surging and we had very attractive affordability and a few months after i was on, we had rates spike about 100 plus basis points and we saw a pause. the consumer was rationally responding to the surge in prices, the backup in rates. >> she did not seem partic
to a significant change but you have the anniversary of the payroll tax increase and the sequester not far away, there's hope that you'll get more economic activity translating into more consumer spending although we're not sure how that will play out because we have this potentially seminal in the way people shop. >> we had a big increase in the value of homes and macy's talks about how furniture was very strong. i mean, there are lots of people who are still putting money in homes. and that seems to be the trend that a lot of these retailers have been talking about. remember, target has a nice home business. people are spending on their homes. they are. >> now, target's q-1 profit view's a little below consennious aconsenn io consennsus, and they don't know what the data breach will cost them down the road. what is your game plan on target? >> i think the yield will hold it down. it's so funny do you know what we've got this interesting market that's the opposite of how skeptical we were coming in about retail. lowe's goes up yesterday on home deem poe doing well. low they give us a good numb
progress on some sort of a national property tax. given the property tax, although it seems residential, will that have knock on effects through commercial? >> i think they've been talking about that. every year at this time, people grabbing headlines. what will pay attention to government policy? it's not surprising they've been talking about property tax. that's been anticipated for many years. i think the market has digested that. everybody expects it to be gradual. so it's important to start having property taxes. if you hold property in china, there's no property costs. if your home is sitting there empty, there's no penalty because you don't really feel hurt. that's why the worry is there are so many buildings and not being occupied and not being neutralized. and so having introduced the property tax will deal directly with that. now, continuing to hold the property if there's a tax you need to pay every month? >> highly rated u.s. companies sold more than $19 billion in debt on tuesday, the busiest day of the year. they looked to take advantage of recent rallies in u.s. treasurie
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in taxes. carl levin said the bank's actions were right out of a james bond field and helped them hide billions from the irs. currently their investigating credit suisse for offshore. >> is it reads like a spy novel. some of those monies into the bank vaults. >> i don't remember the bond film that was specifically about accounting. >>> irs commissioner john cosco will discuss about funds in the irs being aloe indicated including bonuses to employees. he's maintained that bonuses are needed to retain and attract good employees. the commission will also face questions about the agency's accused targeting of tea party groups. >>> president obama is taking his year of action message on the road today. he'll be in st. paul, minnesota, pitching the economic plan spelled out in his state of the union address. the president has been able to focus on transportation issues at st. paul's union depot. announcing new competition, encouraging investments to create jobs and restore infrastructure. >>> today, house democrats are set to kick off their efforts to raise the minimum wage. the president an
next week. inditexp this hour, fashions a tax loophole. we begin with our main subject of the morning. the situation in the ukraine is developing quickly. isted president yanukovych holding a press conference today from russia. the u.s. government tries to pull together international funding to avoid a default. let's go to kiev and our reporter there, ryan chilcote. walk us through what has been happening in the south of the country in the crimea this morning. >> it is certainly seizing headlines. i am at the ukrainian central bank with the prime minister and the head of central bank are giving a joint briefing about the state of the country's finances. the prime minister left early. i did have a quick conversation with him, one on one, and they are studying the situation in the crimea. they're trying to figure out who these people are. what we're talking about is that at five :00 this morning, another group of armed men -- at 5:00 this morning, another group appeared at anve in the crimea. we have two eyewitness reports that there is a group of somewhere between 50 and 100 armed men
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no more special tax breaks to private equity. ♪ >> at a time when president obama is trying to show the world he has what it takes to also up to russia, he released his budget. as billion for the military he cuts forces, retires weapons and slows the growth of military spending. i asked the senator john mccain what he thinks of the budget. these cuts in defense spending are based and has been made known by the administration there will be no more land wars. weyou know how many times have said that in the 20th century after world war i, world , andi, korean war, vietnam we always had to rebuild the military, because it is not always a conflict of our choosing. >> do you see this as a central problem with the president's budget? issue with america's role in the world. he does not believe in american exceptionalism or leadership. that is why our influence is , especiallyhe world in the middle east where the united states influence and power is no longer a factor. much a consensus builder. we did not have it with the u.k. for syria. do you think things are changing at all or still in th
be compromised here? >> i do not see anything. it is $1 trillion more in taxes, increasing spending dramatically, not adhering to the compromise budget deal president obama signed a few months ago. that has been a problem. we do the budget control act, and then people weasel out of that. they do a compromise, and the first piece of legislation violates that. of course, this president is doing nothing to address the two thirds of the budget, the transfer payments, entitlement programs, that are on an unsustainable path. i do see a lot we can compromise on here. i happen to like the budget, but it is, relatively speaking, a non-event. there was a key agreement struck two months ago by the house represented by paul ryan, the senate represented by patty murray, in terms of discretionary spending and the key items within the discretionary account. second of all, this is a congressional election a year, obviously. i do not think this budget, which i happen to like, is going anywhere. >> what do you like about it? >> the deficit is going down considerably. >> is that from fiscal reform or from the econ
this mandate, this tax penalty of people who don't have insurance when they delay their definition of insurance. obamacare looks like it is crumbling. stuart: got it. betsy mccoy, thank you very much indeed. two stories we are following. a great big stock-market rally, really cool. we are up 212 as we speak. there's less risk of a shooting war in ukraine. and john kerry has arrived in the ukraine capital of kiev is about to hold a news conferences, and answer some questions and i will bring that. fox news radio is on the phone with us right now. where are you? in the crimea? >> yes. stuart: what we have over here as i am sure you are aware is a strong stock market rally primarily because we hear that vladimir putin has ordered russian soldiers in the crimea to get back into their barracks. you are there. what i use seeing? >> i am thinking president vladimir putin didn't order troops in crimea to their barracks, he ordered troops around the ukrainian border that word doing naval exercises and military exercises, 150,000 of them back to their barracks. the barracks are not that far from the ukra
oil in tim cook's words with reference to exxon mobile than any company out there or any tax company and talking about acquisitions, jab or bob, started by former apple workers, facebook for some other acquisitions are not looking to pay the most war in a race to do the most acquisitions, only the ones that make sense for them. he has gone on to highlight manufacturing, working to bring jobs back to the u.s. and sapphire manufacturing there as well. talking about china mobile and dealing recently, at 17 cities to expand out to 200. also gone on to say, a funny moment, after this update, talking about some new products we are working on and you can hear an audible gasp and started joking and laughing and aunt to hear about the capital program they boost the dividend and raised the buybacks the $60 billion that had a record $17 billion by offering to do that. and $20 billion in cash in the u.s. more than $100 billion is overseas and that would be subject a higher tax rate to they brought it back to fund that and have to do another bond indeed they up the buyback after buying $14 billio
their wealth from u-s tax collectors. a senate subcommittee report describes switzerland's second-largest bank as a "willing accomplice" whose bankers advised more than 22-thousand americans with accounts worth up to 12-billion dollars, to personally travel to switzerland to avoid paper trails, then take remote- controlled elevators for meetings where bank statements were concealed inside magazines. "credit suisse's management team regrets the action of a small group of bankers who violated us law." credit suisse no longer offers offshore accounts to americans and is cooperating with investigators.a fine of more than 800-million dollars is being discussed. more than a dozen other swiss banks are under investigation. bank of america is grappling with investigations both here and abroad. bank of america traders are under investigation along with several other bank traders around the world for foreign currency price manipulation. here in the u.s. the bac faces a federal probe for how its handling goverment backed mortgages. it's estimated bank of america might have to pay out $11 billion in pe
years. >> stay with bloomberg. peter will have a live interview with the chairman of the tax writing ways and means committee. they will discuss the chairman's new tax proposal in the 4:00 hour of "street smart" only on bloomberg. coming up, more on janet yellen's testimony. u.s.l be joined by chief economist at jpmorgan when we return. ♪ lex federal reserve chair janet yellen repeated the central banks likely to keep trimming asset personages -- asset purchases. for a look at that, i'm joined here by the chief u.s. economist at j.p. morgan chase. welcome back to "bottom line." >> good to be back. >> chairman yellen said she and her colleagues will continue to monitor data to determine if recent weakness in the u.s. economy is temporary. bondlso added the purchases in her words are not on a preset course. >> i took away there is still a high hurdle to stop or pause in the tapering process. it is not on a preset course. take a different look in the labor market to stop --. if that data were to really come in below expectation, we cannot rule out a deposit the next meeting. however t
is optimistic for a good reason because we don't have big tax increases and spending cuts like we did last year. it creates a much better climate. >> as the fed has pointed out, this bill engages in very loose monetary policy. they're taking away the extraordinary measures. they are not raising rates. they're been very clear that rate raising is going to be starting untilot 2015. >> how quickly can policymakers make that pivot? >> there are two ways they could change the paper. it they could slow the amount of tapering from $10 million to $5 billion zero. or they could actually reverse it and start adding. they can do this whenever they want. they can have an inner meaning of vent -- even. they can do it whenever they have a meeting. whenever they want. although i really think they won't do an inner meeting group. they might do one. >> that said taper strategy -- it is interesting to note that although the fed is a ,arket and have similar views the fed is more optimistic about the economy. if the economy does weekend and it turns out not to be just eather, you could see a halt in the taper. wha
.9 trillion increased spending plan for employment, education and job training programs. her tax breaks for about teen .5 million americans. how is he going to pay for it? taxes for families. he laid out his plans at a washington dc elementary school. >> i laid out an agenda to restore opportunities for all people. that nod the principle matter who you are, no matter where you started, you can make it if you try here in america. this opportunity agenda is built on four parts -- more good jobs and good wages from a making sure we are training workers with the skills they need to get those jobs, guaranteeing every child access to a world-class education, and making sure our economy is one in which hard work is rewarded. the budget i sent congress this morning lays out how we will implement this agenda in a balanced and responsible way. this budget adheres to the spending levels of both houses of congress, but also builds on that progress with what we are calling an opportunity, growth, and security initiative that invests in our economic ortiz in a way that's fully paid for by making smar
early childhood education and job training programs. $60 billion to expand tax credits like the earned income tax credit. what it also does is pays for crop including insurance subsidies and cutting back on certain types of tax loopholes. what this underlines is a new reality for the obama administration. it is an election year. has startedpicture to improve. take a listen to what the president had to say that. >> is a roadmap for creating jobs with good wages and expanding opportunity for all americans. at a time when i deficit has been cut in half. it allows us to meet our obligations to future generations. from the heard president, deficit picture is looking better. much so that levels will be below where they were before the budget crisis. >> how do republicans react to away from the emphasis on deficit reduction act out >? >> john baeder came out and said that this was the most irresponsible budget yet of the obama has proposed. the president laster put out an all french to republicans and said he was willing to make changes to social security, medicare and other entitlement progr
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of the nate -- april 1 tax hike. ukraine's new prime minister get straight to work on securing the bailout worth as much as 15 alien dollars as tensions -- $15 billion as tensions flare. welcome to "countdown." anna is off today. bloomberg reporters are standing by across the world ready to deliver the stories that will drive your day. john has more on what we can expect from the ecb. john dawson has the highlights from hong kong. , set toe hathaway report record profits tomorrow. latest. hyde has the later, the uk's third-biggest insurer. julian roberts will join us after the earnings break at 7:00 . hollywood make it all of the attention when it comes to movie making, but what about nigeria's film industry? we will hear from the man behind the so-called nigerian netflix. that is later. chair janetrve yellen said the central bank is likely to keep trimming asset or justice. policymakers -- asset purchases. >> what we need to do and will be doing in the weeks ahead is to try to get a firmer handle on exactly how much of that set of soft data can be explained by weather. is not mostly weath
tax proposals meant to help low and middle-income families. the white house says the president's budget plan reflects his desire to try to reduce income disparity. by law, the president is required to release a budget plan but for the most part congress usually ignores it and comes up with its own budget. >>> 7:17. back here at home, the oakland police department is hiring and the department is hoping to fill its ranks with some home- grown talent. right now, the oakland police department has 616 police officers and the money to hire 91 more. the department says reaching out to local recruits, that has been a challenge. that's why they are targeting people as early as high school. and they are using technology like social media and text messages to reach the candidates. >> we're recruiting a younger generation, we're much more tech savvy than people were in the past. they are making use of social media so we're going to them. >> the starting salary for for an oakland police officer ranges from $69,000 to $98,000 a year. >>> happening now -- the final day of mardi gras celebrati
heard about the tax agencies efforts to regulate political speech. but both of these escaped the mainstream media. we have a reporter here ellen ratner and you make no bones about it. you are a card carrying liberal and what do you think about the pocket of the irs coming after liberal groups? >> i am this happening in the '80s when i got unusual questions from the irs on my tax return and my accountant refused to answer them. this has been going on and the issue is what is going to make it stop targeting the right or the left skwhie and why isn't the press covering this. >> the aclu and the syria club are upset about the regulations but you are not hearing much in the media, why snnot? >> it is a hard story to cover. this is a regulation story with the irs putting out the regulations and we have close to 70,000 comments from people including statements and views from the syria club, aclu and liberal groups that didn't pay attention when the conservatives were being targetargeted. i think an irs story that doesn't move forward or has a big headline and hard for the broadcast
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